RHEL 4 : coreutils (RHSA-2008:0780)

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Synopsis :

The remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.

Description :

Updated coreutils packages that fix a security issue are now available
for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.

This update has been rated as having low security impact by the Red
Hat Security Response Team.

The coreutils package contains the core GNU utilities. It is the
combination of the old GNU fileutils, sh-utils, and textutils
packages.

The coreutils packages were found to not use the pam_succeed_if
Pluggable Authentication Module (PAM) correctly in the configuration
file for the 'su' command. Any local user could use this command to
change to a locked or expired user account if the target account's
password was known to the user running 'su'. These updated packages,
correctly, only allow the root user to switch to locked or expired
accounts using 'su'. (CVE-2008-1946)

All users of coreutils are advised to upgrade to this updated package,
which resolve this issue.

See also :

https://www.redhat.com/security/data/cve/CVE-2008-1946.html
http://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2008-0780.html

Solution :

Update the affected coreutils package.

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 4.4
(CVSS2#AV:L/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P)

Family: Red Hat Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 33586 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2008-1946